Angela in the News
State Trial lawyers group has new leader
New head of 1,000-member organization is a Wauwatosa attorney specializing in medical lawsuits
By Tom Kertscher
The Wisconsin Academy of Trial Lawyers has elected its first woman
president, a personal injury attorney from Wauwatosa who specializes in
medical negligence lawsuits.
M. Angela Dentice, now president-elect of the 1,000-member
organization, will take over as president Friday. A graduate of Marquette
University Law School, she replaces Kevin Lonergan of Appleton.
The academy consists of lawyers who specialize in representing
consumers who are injured, either personally or because they are denied
their civil rights. Dentice won a major personal injury trial in 1995
when a Milwaukee County jury awarded $4.28 million to a family that
alleged that the failure to perform a timely Caesarean section resulted
in their sons being born with cerebral palsy and brain damage.
Dentice, 52, who is in private practice, is a very good trial lawyer
who also will be able to build consensus in the trial lawyers academy,
which lobbies on state government issues, said Milwaukee attorney Randall
Reinhardt, a past president of the academy.
She has the unbridled energy and enthusiasm for a person half of her
age for how justice will triumph. Shes conscientious, deliberate, and
still has a strong belief that the jury system works, he said.
Reinhardt said lawyers in the academy like to think of ourselves as a
political force in Madison, but that their opinions often clash, so
Dentice will need to be a consensus builder.
Dentice said she believes there is a popular perception that there are
too many injury lawsuits and high-dollar verdicts, but that is a myth.
She said she will work to preserve the rights of the injured to sue.
As for being the first woman to head the trial lawyers academy,
Dentice said it is an honor and that she hopes more female attorneys will
become trial lawyers. I think that juries are very receptive to women
trial lawyers, she said.
Dentice, a former teacher, is married to corporate lawyer Benn DiPasquale, a partner with Foley & Lardner of Milwaukee, Wisconsins largest law firm.